Pathways Shoftim

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  1. I am a more recent returnee to Judaism. I was interested to read in the Pathways that Kaballah can be studies to increase our learning, but we are not to partake of its meditations or invocations.
    I try to read all I can in Chassidus, and there its seems also that Kabbalah is used to enlighten a subject, but nowhere does one find, at least outwardly that the Rebbes used the meditations and invocations.
    I naturally seem moved to rely on simple prayer and halachah, and never felt comfortable imagining trying to use these meditations and things. Is there deeper reasons that from a Breslover or Chassidic view one should not use them?
    Shabbat Shalom
    Bob Liebert

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    • Hi Rebbe Nachman for sure understood all of the mysteries of the Kabbalah and used them in his personal Divine Service. However, he warned the regular folk that these things are not good because they detract from the basic simplicity of prayer. When one is on an elevated level these intentions are like translations of the words and aren’t disconnected from the words of the prayers however for you and I, we lose the basic essence and beauty of the prayer. Better to pray with real heart and sincerity which is what these are supposed to bring to anyhow.

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